Wednesday, September 09, 2009

reason for mission failure revealed

The common man will finally have his piece of moon and also a first hand account of what the Rs 386 crore unmanned moon mission Chandrayaan-1 achieved during its 312-day lunar odyssey. For the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has plans to make public entire data collected from the mission by end of the year.

S K Shivkumar, Director, ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network, told Express on Wednesday that all the scientific data beamed from the Chandrayaan-1 will be put up in the public domain
by end of this year or early next year. “During the two-day peer committee review meeting held in the city and attended by Scientists from NASA and the European Space Agency it was decided that the data obtained from the mission will be converted to standard planetary data system format (an international standard) using software and uploaded on the internet once the lock-in period of the data expires,’’ said Shivkumar.

The lock-in period, that is the time for which data will be treated as classified information by scientists directly involved in the project, is set to be over within a year from time of collection of the data (which commenced as early as November last year). ISRO has planned to convert all the data with the help of a “software” and throw it open to the public after the lock-in period expires. The space agency is already in the process of procuring the conversion software.

“Countries which had their scientific instruments (payloads) onboard the Chandrayaan I spacecraft will have the first right to access the data collected their respective instruments. However, in the review meeting, scientists have come to a consensus that the data will be shared among each other,” said Shivkumar.

The space agency will host the data for over 15 to 20 years which is expected to arouse keen interest among young scientists.

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